• Find Your Life Verse in 2 Simple Steps

    How to Choose Your Life Verse in 2 Simple Steps

    Has the question of having a life verse come to you before?  Do you have one? In my study of Psalm 23 with Jennifer Rothschild*, I read her question with a quandary. “What is your life verse?” Do we really need one?  Do you want one?  Is it helpful (a question hubs and I often ask)? My number one question this year:  Is it relevant in my current season? This verse came to mind because it reappears often in my current season. For I am about to do something new.  See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?  I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will…

  • Banana Nut Sweet Bread

    Delicious Banana Nut Sweet Bread for Health

    Give us this day our daily bread (Matthew 6:11). This portion of the Lord’s prayer is a wonderful reminder to ask and praise God for His perfect provision.  I celebrate the goodness of our Lord with this sweet, nutty, flavorful, moist cake labeled as bread.  You will be amazed with the taste of this bread that is free of refined sugar, gluten, and dairy.  I’m dancing in celebration already! Enjoy this recipe for breakfast, a snack, or even as dessert (delicious with a dollop of coconut yogurt on top).  You can’t go wrong with this banana nut bread or the recipe.  My results with my recipe are consistently delicious every…

  • Blessing Your Prodigal

    How To Bless Others – Even Your Prodigal

    Blessings are the words of life.  So, why wouldn’t we pray blessings for others?  With whom are you most concerned in your current hard circumstance or season?  I suspect that if someone has harmed you in some way in your current season, they could benefit from prayers of blessing – whether you think they deserve it or not. We can bless or we can curse, and of course, we would never want to curse anyone.  So, we choose to bless, extending prayers of mercy and grace on the behalf of others – including the prodigal if you have one. The prodigal can benefit greatly from your prayers of  blessing –…

  • Soft and Fluffy Gluten Free Flour Mix @ EmbraceThisSeason.com

    Gluten-Free Flour Blend – Soft and Fluffy!

    “I have heard the Israelites’ complaints.  Now tell them, ‘In the evening you will have meat to eat, and in the morning, you will have all the bread you want.  Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.'” (Exodus 16:12) Do you often begin with a recipe you find on-line and then tweak it?  That may describe you if you have any food issues, sensitivities, or health goals, and I’m with you.  What is your process for tweaking recipes? My Process For Making Recipe Changes Recipe Evaluation:  As you read through the original recipe’s list of ingredients for the first time, make mental notes of things you…

  • 5 Points to Ponder When Faced With A Good HIDER

    5 Points To Ponder When Faced With A Good HIDER

    In last week’s post, I mentioned that I added my new California flight friend to my prayers.  Although I prejudged her for her reaction to my story about Emmie (as explained in that post), we never know what others are going through.  What hard things in her life was she possibly struggling to get through?  How could I tell? While tough seasons give us a tender heart for others, before that eventually kicks in, our own pain can dull our senses.  A pain bucket that’s filled to the rim can cause us to block any pain from outside sources above what we’re already dealing with on our own. Your subconscious…

  • 3-Minute Sinless Chocolate Almond Candy

    How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth. (Psalm 119:103) Does including the word sinless in the title of this candy make you less interested in this recipe or more interested?  Do we somehow associate really decadent chocolate candy with naughtiness? After writing this full post yesterday, I went on Facebook LIVE this morning to demonstrate the quick and easy process for making this candy.  It really does take only three minutes to stir everything together.  Surprisingly quick! Please excuse the brief camera debacle at the beginning.  It’s been a long time since the last time I made a FB LIVE video.  But, it…

  • Lamentations 3.22 by EmbraceThisSeason.com

    How A Cheapened “I Love You” Negates True Compassion

    Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions. (Psalms 51:1) Flippant I love you’s seem to have taken over.  Rather than saving them for meaningful encounters, we spread I love you’s all over the place, nearly thoughtlessly – especially during Valentine season.  Do you “heart” Facebook posts often?  I do (even when Like is sufficient). When something rings true spiritually or if the post involves people for whom I feel affection, I’m super-quick to click the heart.  How about you? There is absolutely nothing wrong with spreading the love.  But, I just wonder if we’ve cheapened the…

  • Lemon Chicken and Vegetable

    Easy and Healthy How-To For LEMON CHICKEN & VEG Dinner

    For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. (Psalm 107:9) This recipe is one of my quick weeknight go-to’s.  You’ll love the taste of eating out in a nice restaurant without ever leaving home.  It just occurred to me that this recipe is perfect as a special Valentine dinner without the hassle of fighting the crowds to get into a restaurant.  As a bonus, it doesn’t take all that long to prepare! The original recipe is for chicken with asparagus, which is usually the way I make it.  This time, though, I had fresh Brussels sprouts in the refrigerator calling out to me.  On a whim,…

  • How To Reach Your Prodigal On THEIR Turf

    “Many in the church today are being held captive spiritually, not because of the enemy’s power, but because we do not clearly understand our authority and calling in Christ…  As we begin to understand the hope of His calling, we will begin to walk in an abundant life of freedom and power.” Angie Weaver That quote is so true!  We have more power than many of us realize. When crying out to God for answers to your prayers for your prodigal, why not go directly to the source of the trouble?  I don’t mean physically going to the places where they hang out.  Nor to stand face to face with…

  • Broccoli Stem Soup

    How to Make Broccoli Stem Soup with Kale Garnish

    “Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.” (Proverbs 15:17) When you buy fresh broccoli at the grocer, do you cut off and cook the florets and then throw away the stems?  I always have.  It seemed like such a waste, but I didn’t know what else to do with the stalks.  I didn’t realize broccoli stems can be so tasty – and extremely healthy for restoring our temple!  Read on ahead to find out why and how. Does this soup look dairy free to you?  I have to say, it definitely is smooth and creamy.  And, it absolutely IS  dairy-free.  There’s something about…

  • Time for Jesus

    Making Time for Time With Jesus

    What sort of season are you in right now?  I know winter and possibly snow season, but in your life.  Is it snowy in your life . . . cold . . . lonely . . . a hard time right now?  If so, I picture you staying inside, huddling by the fire, drinking warm cups of tea.  Are you taking time to be with the Lord?  Our tendency is to turn to God when we are in a season of suffering. If you happen to be in a good season right now, I picture you in a season of joyful sledding . . . laughter . . . friends…

  • BAKED ZUCCHINI ZITI

    Healthful Baked Zucchini Ziti

    So whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31) There is more to this pasta dish than meets the eye.  This zucchini ziti is not meatless.  You can choose ground beef or turkey – or even ground deer.  The American diet is overloaded with sugars and simple carbs and, worst of all, it’s lacking in ample quantities of veggies.  We are the most healthy when we eat foods close to the way God created them, adding in more vegetables to our meals whenever possible.    Zucchini is the health star of this dish! Why Zucchini is a Health…

  • How to Know God Will Do It

    But, WILL He? How to Know God WILL Do It

    Will He?  That was my question.  For months. Soon after our prodigal season began, a very close friend (and 2 AM sister) sent me the book, He is Able by Priscilla Shirer.  It’s a great book for recounting all the ways that anything is possible with God!  All the while . . . I had another question. I Know God is Able. But, WILL He? You might ask, “Will He what?”  And my answer would have been. “WILL God answer my plea?  WILL He bring our daughter back?” If you read last week’s (shameless) post  He First Loved Us In The Hard Seasons and my continual tears for months, today’s…

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    Four Quick and HEALTHY Breakfast Ideas

    Welcome back into my kitchen, where we discuss Restoring Your Temple.  God’s Temple in you.  Then God said, ‘Look!  I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food.’  (Genesis 1:29) Last Saturday when we covered how to Boost Your Healthy Tea Time, I promised to continue by reviewing healthy breakfast ideas.  These are some of my regulars (and I’ll share others in the future individually).  These today are my faves because you can largely prepare them in advance for grab and go breakfasts later.  Don’t we all like to make mornings easier?  A little planning ahead pays off big time! To…

  • three little BAFFLING words @EmbraceThisSeason.com

    He First Loved Us In The Hard Seasons

    It was a Sunday morning.  Just like all the other Sundays during that hard season, I stood during our morning worship welcome time with my eyes cast downward, trying to hide my tear-streaked face. Poor choir!  Our third-row-pew afforded the choir members an up-front-and-personal view of raw emotion so visible that I know it grew somewhat irritating and tiresome for them to endure every Sunday.  Week after week turned into month upon month.  When would it end? That’s the way it is with a prodigal season of shame, sadness, and indescribable grief.  Well, that’s the way it was for me, at least.  If you’ve experienced a season of brutal betrayal,…